Hi everyone! I have eight budgies. All of them will step up onto my finger except Ginny and Charlie, who I got at the same time about a year and a half ago. I've given up on trying to get Ginny to step up since she's so timid, but it had seemed like I was making some good progress with Charlie. Last night I actually got him to step up and I was so excited. I was like heck yes, finally, I have been waiting for this moment forever. Charlie finally trusts me and we can be friends, all is great.
I was very wrong. Charlie hopped off my finger and when he hopped back on, he started biting me, hard. He broke skin and just would not let me go. When I moved my hand to try and get him off, he was hanging onto my hand by his beak. I was like okay, Charlie doesn't want to be friends right now, I will try again at a later date.
However, now, when I put my hand in the cage, whether it's to change out the water, put veggies in, or to give them food, Charlie goes right for my hand to attack me. I know he's trying to be aggressive because he will have his tail fanned out and his wings spread. But it's really confusing because he will sing as he's trying to viciously attack my hand. He will even go after me when I have one of the other boys perched on my hand. Charlie will come and fight them so they will get off of me and he can attack me some more. My hand is covered in red patches from Charlie bites.
I don't know what I did to offend him so badly. I wouldn't care so much if he bit me when I was trying to interact with him, but the fact that he is going out of his way to fight me is worrisome. It makes my life ten times harder when it comes to caring for my birds. I have the boys cage close to my desk and as I sit here, he is on the perch closest to me, staring me down. Guys, he's experienced the taste of human flesh and wants more! No, but in all seriousness, any ideas on why Charlie is suddenly being so mean? How do I stop it?
It sounds as though Charlie has made up his mind to prove to you that he is the dominant alpha budgie for some reason.
By any chance is Charlie in condition at this point in time?
Are all of your budgies housed in one cage or are they separated by gender?
I have no idea why Charlie is so determined to prove to me that he is the alpha budgie. I'm surprised too, since I thought that Fred ruled the flock, since she likes to boss everyone around. Edit: Charlie doesn't seem to be interested in proving to the other birds that he is the alpha budgie, he just wants to prove it to me.
I think it's very possible that he's in condition. He seems really interested in my female birds too, when in the past he's only been interested in hanging out with his best bud Molly.
I have them separated by gender. Even though I have flight cages, I don't think you can put all eight budgies in one? I'm not sure though. They do like to cram themselves into one cage when they have out of cage time together, though.
That's a scary situation with Charlie, I had a similar problem with one of my Linnies. He was very aggressive with me, I could not even get my hand in the cage to change food and water etc. He would screech at me and charge at me
with an open beak ready to take a chomp. When he was out of the cage he would fly at me screeching and ready to bite which he did several times and I was not provoking him by anything I was doing I would not even be within 4-5 feet of him and he wanted to attack. First I took him to the vet to make sure there were not any physical issues that could be causing his aggression. It was decided that it was a hormonal issue and that he would eventually come out of it, he did but it took a long time and I was told not to react to his aggression, easier said than done when you have a bird hanging from you by his beak! I tried clicker training but that did not work to well as the steps you need to take for that were annoying him even more. It sounds like Charlie may have a cage aggression issue and is defending his home, why all of a sudden is the mystery, maybe hormonal? Does he have any health issues that might be effecting his behavior?